Turns out that the food you eat is just as important as those skin care wonders when it comes to ensuring that you have silky smooth and soft looking skin. According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, a Miami Beach dermatologist, proper nutrition is the basic building block for proper skin. Your food items consist of a range of natural ingredients that help your body to perform a number of functions such as increasing the rate of exfoliation to protecting your skin from damage from the UV rays. So the definition of a perfect diet might not be restricted to a bevy of fruits and veggies, healthy fats and adequate amounts of proteins anymore, it also requires numerous power foods that can help to boost your skin care methods. The health benefits that they offer come as an added bonus.
Joshua Zeichner of the Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC states that despite all the hype that super foods get, there still exists a lack of proper scientific data that proves the skin care claims of these supplements. However, a new study conducted by Unilever might just be on the verge of changing all that. According to a research conducted by Unilever, the participants were made to take fish oil supplements on a daily basis along with a drink consisting of four antioxidants each day. After a period of two weeks, dramatic improvements were seen in terms of facial wrinkles. The antioxidants used in the study were isoflavones, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and lycopene. However, the catch is that it is still not clear as to whether a single antioxidant is making the major difference or it’s a combination of all the antioxidants that is bringing about the difference.
Another theory that recently grabbed headlines was that the reason women live longer than men is that they lose a lot of iron during their menstruation periods each month. This helps them to get rid of high levels of iron, something that is quite toxic for the human body. New evidence also suggests that the excess iron might be interfering with the ability of a person’s skin in fighting with free radicals. Therefore, a diet rich in red meat might not be all that beneficial for your body.
Based on the Unilever study, we have compiled a list of food items that should actually help you to look younger and better. Why bother about which antioxidant is actually doing the trick, when all of them are benefiting your body in one way or the other.
Tomatoes are known big on lycopene. Eating them helps you to provide your body with almost 25% extra protection from sunburns (provided you eat them daily for at least 3 months). Tomatoes can also help you boost your collagen levels and reduce your fine lines and wrinkles.
Oranges are one of the best sources of Vitamin C. In fact, having an orange every day can help you feel a lot younger. The fruit is also known to boost your collagen levels.
Red Bell Pepper
Red Bell Pepper is yet another source of Vitamin C. It is said that having Red Bell Peppers can increase the production of white blood cells in your body. A study that appeared in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that people having adequate amounts of Vitamin C in their diets face lesser fine lines and wrinkles.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark colored green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are known to be excellent antioxidants as well. They are extremely rich in lutein. These luteins are known to boost the elasticity and hydration levels of your skin.
Having fish like mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines and tuna offer your body with omega 3 fatty acids. This helps to reduce your inflammation levels and also protects your skin from the damage caused by free radicals. Furthermore, having sufficient amounts of omega-3 fatty acids can also prevent the onslaught of wrinkles and allow your skin to retain its moisture. All you veggies must make do with omega-3 supplements found in the markets.
Boiled soy beans are the best source of isoflavones. Half a cup of boiled soy beans provide you with as much as 47 milligrams of isoflavones. Other foods rich in isoflavones include tofu and soy butter.
Eggs contain two antioxidants – zeaxanthin and lutein. Both are known to play a significant role in protecting your skin from the UV rays of the sun and prevention of dark spots, lines and wrinkles.